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“Best steak I have ever had!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Precinct

The Precinct
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Ranked #5 of 1,915 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Columbia Parkway
Transit: There is a public transit stop across the street from the front entrance.
Description: For Jeff Ruby, this is the steakhouse that started it all. In 1981, The Precinct was born in the former Cincinnati Police Patrol House Number 6. This turn-of-the-century, Romanesque-style structure would hold what is now the longest, continuously running white tablecloth restaurant in the city. Recently named one of America's Top 10 Steakhouses by USA Today and Gayot.com, The Precinct is frequently recognized as having Cincinnati’s best steaks, seafood and service. This consistent high level of quality and overall guest experience over 3 decades has endeared Precinct to celebrities, businesspeople, families and loyal diners alike.
Key West, Florida
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165 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Best steak I have ever had!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten at so many steak houses and have often been disappointed but not here. From the moment you walk in you know it is special. I had the 6 oz Santa Ono Filet Mignon
Wagyu Kobe Beef, Greg Norman Ranch, Cut to Order. Never touched the salt & pepper! Amazing seasoning. I paired this with their Shiraz and it was so smooth. The Freddie side salad was huge and the garlic mashed potatoes were fabulous. We finished our meal with bananas foster for two which they served for all four of us. I had this in New Orleans and it was not this good. All 4 in our party were full and satisfied. We had a variety of cuts and toppings. The ambiance from the stained glass windows to the unique decor in this turn of the century building just made it even more special. Ladies be sure to see the bathroom! The staff eloquently dressed were engaging and attentive. I wish I had gone to the bar to at least look and I wish I had room to eat more. BTW.. Very unique left over bag! It is pricy but that's what quality costs and it was worth it!!!! Impressive from start to finish! Wow!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Service in a Romantic Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband took me to The Precinct for my birthday. It was fun to dress up to go out to dinner. It was a multi-course dinner where they would serve you one course at a time. The server was right there with refills on drinks constantly and was very friendly. We also had a couple of drinks at the upstairs bar while waiting for our table. Fantastic dim lighting creates a romantic atmosphere over a candlelit dinner. We haven't been back, but plan on doing so sometime.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dayton, United States
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97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The best Steak you will ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Precinct offers the most amazing Steak you will find in the world. The service is extraordinary even in very crowded conditions but such is not an issue with the amazing quality of all the food. This is a "world class" dining experience. I simply have a difficult time eating a steak anywhere but in a Ruby restaurant. I brought friends and they agreed that this was the finest ever. We loved the local flair with the names of sports figures and the favorite steaks they enjoy. Such made this an even greater experience for me. I dine here often. This should be a bucket list place for everyone in the world.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Special day - special dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

My family went to the Precinct to celebrate my daughter recieving her master's degree. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. We all ordered filets and thought they ranked among the best we had ever had. The service was attentive. It was certainly not an every day event but someplace to go that is excellent and memorable for that special occassion.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Midlothian
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Cincinnati Reunion with Friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Precinct is a great place for after dinner drinks. We ate at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse and followed up with drinks at The Precinct. I would definitely recommend spending an evening here.
It was once an old police station.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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